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Every year, over 3,500 people in Madison experience homelessness, with the average age of homeless citizens at just 9 years old. Those without a home in our community may be sleeping on the streets, in their cars, or under bridges and overpasses, making the winter months especially dangerous.


The Madison Needs Network collaborates with other local nonprofit organizations that work directly with individuals experiencing homelessness ~ Friends of the State Street Family, The Beacon, The Triangle, Madison school district's Transitional Education Program, etc. Our goal is to quickly gather the material goods most in need, paying particular attention to changing needs due to the current season. 


Interested in hosting a supply drive to help us respond to the immediate needs of our partner organizations who work directly with individuals experiencing homelessness? Connect with Madison Needs Network today!

Current Items Being Collected 

  • Wool socks 

  • Hand warmers 

  • Toe warmers

  • Wool blankets

  • Tarps, 5x7 or 6x8

  • Sleeping bags 

  • Tents

  • ​Gloves/mittens

  • Sweatpants 

  • Snow pants 

  • Long underwear 

  • Underwear 

  • Pain relievers 

  • Cold medicine

  • Cough drops

  • Rain ponchos 

  • Batteries

  • General first aid

  • Tissues 

  • Nail clippers

  • Washcloths

  • Deodorant

  • Razors

  • Bus passes  

*Mens sizes L-XXL are most in demand of the clothing items list above.

Students within the Madison Metropolitan School District that are experiencing housing insecurity may be sleeping in several different locations per week - on couches, on the floor, in armchairs.  Additionally, adults who have secured housing after recently experiencing homelessness are often moving into their new homes with little, if any, furniture. The Madison Needs Network is seeking air mattresses, pillows, pillowcases, and blankets to help support these individuals.  Please note that we can only accept new bedding.  

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